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What Subjects Did Your High School Calculus Course Cover?

Poll: What subjects did you cover in high school calculus?

  • Total votes: 403. You have voted on this poll.
I did not take high school calculus
 
5
1%
Limits
 
51
13%
Differentiation
 
51
13%
Related Rates/Applications of the Derivative
 
50
12%
Curve Sketching/Asymptotes
 
50
12%
Trigonometric Derivatives
 
38
9%
Logarithmic Derivatives
 
48
12%
Exponential Derivatives
 
48
12%
Antiderivatives
 
33
8%
Integrals
 
29
7%
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Jul 18, 2005
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What Subjects Did Your High School Calculus Course Cover?

Please select all of the poll options that you covered in your high school calculus course. It seems that things vary from province to province and school to school ever since grade 13 was abolished.

Hopefully, this will let everyone know how prepared they are going to be and identify areas they should review before classes start up.

If you took grade 13 calculus please do not answer the poll and respond in a post instead.

EDIT: Also, if you respond with a post please list the province you took the course in.
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mine covers up to antiderivatives..........bascially, the same thing as 1st year university course... but with a thinner text (Same author though)
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Aug 11, 2005
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Um... anti-derivatives and integrals are the same thing....
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Jun 14, 2004
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Toronto
technically no. antiderivatives is a technique of integration and is only applicable for certain cases only. there's a lot mor to integration than just antiderivatives. god, i hate those. :p
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Holy ****, you kids don't really do anything in Highschool these days eh?

I gradumacated back in 2001 or so, and the second half of the OAC Calc course was all about Integration, by parts, partial fractions, substitution etc.

I hardly learned anything in First Year University, (basically only applications and whatnot)

I don't see how you could not go thru first year with a good mark in Calc without doing Integration thoroughly the first time
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Jun 6, 2005
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bananaman wrote:Um... anti-derivatives and integrals are the same thing....
Related...but not the same thing.
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Feb 26, 2005
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Indefinite integrals and antiderivatives actually are the same thing.
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i think i covered most of the stuff u listed.. i think only ontario has grade 13.. i took them all in grade 12.. and i remember it was hard, and when i took it at university, it was almost identical to the one from high school.. the material that is
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Planker wrote:Indefinite integrals and antiderivatives actually are the same thing.
ditto:P
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/IndefiniteIntegral.html

My HS was pretty backward when it came to mathematics due to the whole double-cohort confusion. However, they did try to remedy the lack of integration in the curriculum through a whopping TWO after-hour sessions.

Thankfully, I spent calc class reading other texts and the first semester of engineering was focused on integration.
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definally need to fully understand highschool calc before tackle on university calc, especially for engineering.
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Wow no differentiation of trig functions? That was a big section in my OAC class.
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divx wrote:definally need to fully understand highschool calc before tackle on university calc, especially for engineering.
Eh, I only took up to Exponetial derivates, teacher loosely talked of integrals, but I picked it up really quickly and fast in 1st Calc for Engineers (MATH 117) back in Sept 2003, and had no problems whatsoever.

If you have an understanding of calculus, then integrals should be quite easy to pick up.

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Jun 2, 2005
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p51dray wrote:I took IB math HL so I did all that and more. I think the BC calculus curriculum stops with a introduction to antideriviatives. Stuff I didn't do are volume, arc length, surface area... other boring stuff like that.
I took IB Math HL @ SWC in Vancouver. We did integrals. We even did volumes, arc lengths and SA... a lot of us did the AP Calc BC exam too. It was insane for high school. For those of you who go to SWC, Mr Nak is my math teacher. He's nuts! =P
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Mine covered all of those, and were WAY harder than any other teacher; I'd see my buddy from another class with a 2-3 page "fill in the blank", while the friends in my class and I would huddle around the terrible marks from our 7-11 page, 14+ full solution test.

Seriously, my Calculus teacher was at least 5x harder than the others, but those that passed his class usually did well in university.

I didn't pass his class, but always respected him and what he tried to do. Failing his class drove me to college, which was the right path for me...
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No Calc offered in the small school I attended...only pre-calc. Really sucked hardcore when I went to university and had to take Engineering Calculus with Dr. Trim. Pretty much 99% of the class new what we were doing for the first several weeks...while I had no clue lol. Since "everyone" knew the material...we blazed through it...that didn't help :lol:
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scottrempel wrote:No Calc offered in the small school I attended...only pre-calc. Really sucked hardcore when I went to university and had to take Engineering Calculus with Dr. Trim. Pretty much 99% of the class new what we were doing for the first several weeks...while I had no clue lol. Since "everyone" knew the material...we blazed through it...that didn't help :lol:
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Oct 12, 2003
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We didn't cover trig or integrals; which is exactly what the math orientation said we needed to know for first year at UofT. Damn you, high school :evil:
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Mine covered everything, was hell for me b/c I was only taking gr 11 math at that time. :|

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